In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. I...more
Kirie is a self-destructive humanitarian aid worker in a society where everyone is healthy and governed by internal computers to help them. Whether it's to maintain their emotional or physical health, or even just find things, they live in a world where being adult mean...more
Miach was right, of course.
And that was why we had to die.
Because our lives were being made too important.
Because everyone was too concerned about everyon...more
This book won the Japanese Awards: the Seiun Award and the Japan SF Award and is a highly literary piece of work. A brilliant work of dystopia that looks at a future world that is unlike anything I've ever read before and is also completely viable. The publisher's summary does not do justice to the...more
In a world where human life is a precious global resource that must be protected at all costs, everything about a person -- choices, emotions, biochemistry, cell metabolism -- is monitored and assessed by computer systems, 24/7. A variety of complex feedback loops are in place to ensure optimum conservation of that resource, including everything from good old-fashioned peer pressure to mandatory in...more
In more ways than one, this book makes a lot of valid points about our society and where its potential lies. It is...more
The setting of the novel had a strong Japanese feel to it, which is a pleasant departure from the A...more
It's science fiction at it's best. Even though I'm reading a translated book, you'd never know it. It's a piece of artwork! I can understand why it won the 2009 Seiun Award in Japan...and is currently nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award for this year.
Summary from Amazon..product description:
In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic o...more
Following a shuffled chronology in the life of Tuan Kirie, a young Japanese woman who works in warzones, beyond the reach of medical monitoring, so she can indulge in sybaritic abuses of her body with prohibited substances like alcohol and...more
Bajo esa premisa Itoh hace una novela bastante interesante basada en la idea de hasta donde puede o no importarnos lo que nos rodea y que tanto peso nos ponemos ante los demás, además, es un libro bastante interesante por otro asunto, Itoh lo escribió mientras padecía cancer y estaba hospitalizado, el mismo cancer que...more
I couldn't relate to the over-healthified lifeism dystopia, which felt like some kind of reaction to Japanese culture that's perhaps a little alien to Americans. I couldn't relate to the characters, who seemed to have strange motivations and unrealistic reactions to the events in the book. And I didn't buy the explanation of consciousness at all. Probing the hypothesis just a little would reveal all kinds of flaws and in...more
Utopia of a sort has been achieved via medical technology which constantly monitors and optimizes human health, and takes away the free will to behave in self-destructive but enjoyable ways. Ultimately a meditation on the importance of the individual - or the lack thereof - the novel starts slowly but is...more
Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres, and this book really takes the top spot of some of the scariest dystopian fiction that I've ever read. And I've read plenty of it (starting with Huxley's "Brave New World" at age 13).
I'm definitely not going to give spoilers on this one, because I think that everyone should give this book a read. Much in the vein of Otsuichi's writing, Itoh's prose is short and brutal and strai...more
A dystopian future where the government is replaced by medical administration is not hard to imagine at all from the year 2011.
A typical big brother story, but government is no longer the big brother. ON...more
Most of the story takes place in Japan, but it is very easily understood and there isn't much written that didn't translate into English well. The story is fast paced and well detailed. The characters are well developed and the world is very believable.
It's a good book with an unusual approach to utopia/dystopia, which was pretty much what I wanted. Yay?
1. God forbid I ever again have to read a book that uses xml-like syntax.
2. The metaphysics/philosophy in this book is so very, very weak. Similarly, the future society is ill explained and though the idea is interesting, it makes no sense that there are virtually no dissidents. The whole idea that everybody just up and agreed to such a thorough nanny state is crazy. How does the dropping of a few nukes help you convince everyone to voluntarily give up bacon?
3. The action/myst...more
Born in Tokyo and graduated Musashino Art University. While working as a web designer, he wrote Gyakusatsu kikan and submitted to Komatsu Sakyō Award contest in 2006. Although it did not receive the award, it was published from Hayakawa Publishing i...more